Apparently, the Gigafactory, which is already living up to its name, is not yet big enough for Tesla. The US e-car manufacturer now wants to build another freight station to speed up and facilitate production. To do so, however, it needs permission to purchase and clear another 100 hectares of forest land.
How giga is the Gigafactory in Grünheide still to become?
With its electric cars, Tesla is emblematic of the energy turnaround worldwide. With the breakthrough of Model 3, Y, X and S, electromobility has finally been anchored in the masses. As controversial as the dazzling figurehead Elon Musk may be – you have to give him credit for that. In view of the immensely increasing demand in Europe as well, Tesla decided to build the so-called Gigafactory in Grünheide, Brandenburg, near Berlin. However, even though the construction of the huge site serves the purpose of advancing the environmentally friendly production of Tesla brand electric cars, it was primarily environmentalists who were skeptical about the construction project and still are.
Although many environmentalists are still fronting against the base project due to the waste of water and forest clearing, Tesla is already planning to expand its site. In order to be able to provide for supplies and a better infrastructure, the company needs its own freight station. Since this requires a correspondingly large amount of space, additional construction area is needed. As the Tagesspiegel reports, Tesla is therefore said to have expressed interest in buying 100 more hectares of forest land.
Price for additional forest area is unknown
The forest area Tesla has its eye on is owned by the state of Brandenburg. According to state regulations, such areas may only be sold if it is an exceptional case. Whether such a case exists in this case must now be clarified. The purchase of the forest area for Tesla is unlikely to fail because of the costs involved. The profit figures of the e-car manufacturer are currently too good. After all, they keep rising and rising. Since they already had to pay 40 million euros for the lion’s share in the form of the Gigafactory itself, the price will certainly be lower. However, the company will again have to be prepared for a lot of resistance from the ranks of the population. After all, old problems such as the clearing of many trees and further construction in a water protection area are the cause of anger for many local conservationists. We are curious to see whether Tesla can reach an agreement with Brandenburg.